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On the 8th May:


A day at the lakes, at Chew Valley Lake there were 6 Whitethroats, 6 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 12 Reed Warblers, 10+ Lapwings, a Garden Warbler, 4 Cuckoos, a Barn Owl, 4 Sedge Warblers, an albino Black-headed Gull, 22 Swallows, 16 House Martins, 2 Cormorants, 9 pairs of Gadwall, 11 Whimbrel, 5 Swifts and a male Blue-headed Wagtail. Then we went to Blagdon Lake where the best were 2 Ruff, later, back at Chew Valley Lake we found 2 Short-eared Owls.


A day at Frampton-on-Severn, starting in the area by the river, seeing a Cuckoo, a Kestrel, 5 Reed Warblers, a Sedge Warbler and hearing a Grasshopper Warbler, also 93 Shelducks, 5 Cormorants, 5 Redshank, 4 Gadwall, a Shoveler, 5 Dunlin, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Swift, a Kingfisher, 4 Little Terns and 5 Whimbrel.

At the pools there were c20 Blackcaps, lots of Chiffchaffs, a few Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, a Nightingale with another heard, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, a Kingfisher and a Sparrowhawk. On the drive back to Bristol we saw 3 Kestrels and 2 Hobbys.


Leading a Wingspan Bird Tour to Point Pelee in southern Ontario.


In Tunisia, no new birds seen today.


In North Carolina on a sound recording trip, 1 new bird seen today.


On a filming and sound recording trip to the Ukraine for a series called 'Living Europe'.













Long-eared Owl chick. 


A walk through Combe Dingle and Blaise Woods seeing the usual woodland birds, in the River Trym there was a Dipper and a Grey Wagtail.


A visit to Northwick Warth and Pilning Wetlands where there were 3 Redshanks, 2 Knot, 42 Ringed Plovers, a Little Ringed Plover, c120 Dunlin, a Sanderling, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshanks, 12 Oystercatchers, then a Temminck's Stint flew in, circled the pools and landed on the nearest pool, which was still at some distance.

Temminck's Stint


A visit to Slimbridge, just the Rushy Pen where there were 3 Wood Sandpipers, also Avocets and Lapwing. Another photo here.


An afternoon visit to Slimbridge where there was a Black Tern and a Spoonbill, also 2 Ruff, almost summer plumage and 100+ Black-tailed Godwits.

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